Things We’ve Seen in Prague

Prague is the ultimate medieval hamlet in a modern world. It’s no surprise that the city has boomed as a result of tourism and growth since the Czech Republic’s emergence into the free world. And it’s no wonder that everyone’s scrambling to take advantage – tourists drinking 25˘ beers, techies building cybercafes, hippies selling hemp goodies and locals wising up to the ways of capitalism and commercialism.

So Little Bohemia lives on…and this is a great time to see it.

Prague is comprised of five ancient towns that ultimately converged in the 1900s to form the present-day city. A tributary of the Elbe River, the Vltava, cuts through the middle of Prague. The city has long been at the crossroads of Europe and traders have taken advantage of its prime location for centuries.

At one point during Prague’s Golden Age it was bigger than London or Paris. Eventually the Austrian Habsburgs assumed power and ruled for nearly 400 years. The Protestant Revolt erupted during this time and provoked the 30 Years’ War. The Germans occupied the city during World War II, which was followed by 40 years of Communist rule. Now the Czech Republic is carving out its own history as an autonomous country.

Old Town


This place is sweet architecture culture. Old Town Hall, Church of Our Lady Before Týn (Tyco Brahe is buried here), the Štorch House and all the other Gothic and Romanesque houses with interesting reliefs on the south side of the square, the Jan Hus Monument, the Church of St. Nicholas and the Golz-Kinský Palace (where Kafka studied) all share prime frontage. It takes a beer at a sidewalk table (U Orloge Restaurant affords great views of the square) to absorb the amount of history condensed into such a small proximity.

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge connects two great fun parts of Prague. You can get beer on either side. The crowds and the bridge statues compete for attention. The bridge leads directly into the Little Quarter, which has seen limited growth and building since the 1800s. When crossing the bridge be sure to check out the sculptures lining the walls – the Madonna, St. Dominic and St. Thomas, the 17th-century Crucifixion, St. John Nepomuk and St. Luitgard (sculpted by Matthias Braun when he was 26) are especially remarkable.

Little Quarter

Just past the bridge lies the Little Town Square. The Church of St. Nicholas is probably the best-known landmark in the neighborhood for good reason. It’s a Baroque monster with a cupola and a bell tower compared to the small shops and cafes that surround it.

It’s all uphill in the heat, but once at the top it is easy to understand why this fortress location is so coveted – you can see everything for miles around. Within the Castle walls lie a palace, three churches and a monastery. Since 1918 the castle has been the seat of the president of the Czech Republic. Hradčany is on the outskirts of the castle.

The St. Vitus Cathedral is a must see. Inside, the cathedral’s Gothic elements are accentuated in the delicate, ribbed vaulting and the soaring height of the chancel’s vault with its intricately-webbed tracery. Equally amazing was St. Wenceslas Chapel and the tomb of St. John Nepomuk. Yeah, we got yelled at by a crazy tour guide for taking a picture, but we didn’t use the flash, so I guess we won’t go to hell.

New Town


New Town is true to its name. The architecture is modern and the atmosphere urban by the standards of the rest of the city. Amenities such as shopping malls, public transportation and McDonald’s abound here.

Be sure to fully explore Wenceslas Square (home to the city’s red light district) with the Mústek Metro stop anchoring one end and the National Museum anchoring the other.

Oddly enough, the Church of Our Lady of the Snows and the Franciscan Garden are nestled behind some shoe stores by the Metro stop.

On the square, the ornate Art Nouveau façade of the Hotel Europa is worth noticing. Farther down, the Monument to the Victims of Communism and the St. Wenceslas Monument are interesting. For lung-busting tenor lovers, the State Opera House is east of the museum.

After tapping out our options there, we walked down Vodičkova toward Charles Square. This area is not quintessential Prague, but it’s still pleasant. We definitely enjoyed seeing the bullet holes in the wall of the Church of St. Cyril and St. Methodius that were fired by German troops during the 1942 siege on Czech and Slovak rebels hiding in the crypt.

Also nearby are the Jesuit College, which now houses a hospital, and the Faust House. The Slavonic Monastery is around the corner on Vyšehradská. This area is filled with churches – many that we missed.

We cruised back down to the river and wandered north until we hit the extremely modern Ginger and Fred building designed by Frank Gehry. The glass and steel seem foreign in primarily medieval Prague.

Jewish Quarter

There’s a lot of history here. A short walk from the Old Town gets you to good sights and good eatin’. The cemetery is wild.

BEST CARS FOR A BIG FAMILY TRIP

Recreational tours are always awesome! May it be with friends, office colleagues or family. Whatever it be, the tour with family has a different essence. And if the family is joint family? Then its surely a cozy time with being with them. Traveling with bigger family in a bigger four wheeler feels different. But with availability of different models and cars, the choosing one among them is really a tough decision. Here we are describing some of these best cars for big family tour.

BEST CARS TO HIRE OR BUY FOR BIG FAMILY TRIP

Here’s the list of our top 5 best four wheeler for large families:

Opel Zafira (B, Facelift) – Frontansicht, 7. September 2013, Münster

OPEL ZAFIRA 7 SEATER

This handsome looking steel-finish like alloy made car is just mind blowing for a family with 4-5 teenagers without getting cramped or getting uncomfortable anytime throughout the trip. The special Flex 7’ seating arrangement, and 2 liter diesel box and tuggle free seat movements with free pulley changes the internal environment of the car. Despite of having so many seats, the car lacks in storage spaces separately but can be made to use as van when all the seats are folded. It also ensures safety by provision of airbags and front clever camera to look after your unnoticed toddlers.
Peugeot 5008 1.6 e-HDi Active 2013

PEUGEOT 5008 HDI

The neatly packed and designed new generation model of Peugeot has an extraordinary transmission range from a five-speed manual to eight-speed auto. The flawless interior is not completely radical. This 7 seater folded into a tricky bit can result in producing nice storage areas. The middle row is generally designed for the children or adults for short tour.
It has stylish steel steering and SUV designed infrastructure.
Ford Galaxy

 

FORD GALAXY

A car of extreme comfort and gorgeous look, this 7 seater MPV provide maximum practicality to the family traveling in it. Flexible seating and large boot may have earned it countless attraction apart from high-level comfort, but its cons includes lack of sliding doors and expensive compared to same category design. The technology of Ford needs not to be mentioned specifically, and is clearly evident from digital meter.

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​VOLKSWAGEN TOURAN TDI

Whether you decide to hire a car by rental 24 hours in Calgary or plan haphazardly, this massive car for family outings, the touran will make your heart warm on entering the comfort zone. Great engine set up with three TDI diesel units and a pair of petrol options really makes it up to take the name Touran. Efficiently precise stearing, notable room in the interior for 7 peoples, color palette, except engine noise definitely deserves a praise. It also has efficiently managed to reserve 47 cubbies and pockets inside.
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​FORD S-MAX TDCI

Well the list seems to be incomplete without the presence of this car essentially. Pioneered by Ford, this car is another best MPV for the best family trip. The S-max feels rather quiet and stable due to its low center of gravity and added grip due to presence of AWD. It is considered, by far the best MPV from the fact of sleek interior design and class. They might not have rear sliding doors, but have a decent boot space. From the view of safety, Ford S-max has host of airbags, tyre pressure monitoring device too!

The trip will only be memorable if the casualties during journey can be lessened. And with that reason only, different companies compete to provide you the best models. Try to be smart and select the most suitable one for yourself!